I agree with you. However, un-doing something is much harder than preventing it. We must not allow marriage to be totally un-done. It MUST be honored and held sacred. Prevention of this horrible scourge of lawful homosexual unions will be much easier to do than trying to fix it after it's done.
If we can get a Federal Marriage Protection Amendment passed, we'll have much firmer footing on which to stand to overturn Roe v Wade. And that will be a more difficult battle because it's already been "done", so to speak. Now we have to "un-do" it.
We've simply got to stop the progession of the disentegrating family.
Hang in there! We'll git-r-done!
I would save the children first.
You have a lifetime to work on those who need to be saved from Homosexual behaviors. If you kill them before birth, then you have no chance and a terrible tragedy committed.
Both need immediate attention but stopping abortion is supreme!
What a terrible choice to have to make. I landed, however, on the protection of marriage because I believe if we lose this battle, abortion will skyrocket. We want to protect the unborn first, but it is like the stewardess who tells you if you're traveling with children and the plane loses oxygen, to put the air mask on yourself first. Self-care is counter-intuitive; but if you don't and you pass out (or die), you leave the child without care and protection, putting it at undue risk.
In countries where gay marriage has been made law, marriage rates decrease such that 80% of first-born children are born out of wedlock AND abortion rates increase. Moreover, children become "burdens" to society. We MUST strengthen the instution that protects the children. If it fails, we fail all children--those born as well as those aborted.
It angers me that so much of our political and financial resources are having to be spent catering to nonsense demands from a minority or very rich and very decadent people. Unless we get a national marriage amendment, we will not be able to move forward on things we need to be addressing as a nation--they mean to wear us down. As far as I'm concerned, protecting marriage and the sanctity of life and freedom of speech are more important than the economy and the war in Iraq. The gay agenda includes silencing everybody (mainly Christians) from speaking anything negative about their lifestyles and getting federal protection to prosecute those who don't agree with their way of life. They want to impose their beliefs on our children and force their way into our Christian institutions. They are America's homegrown terrorists--destroying everyone who stands in their way--and we better find an effective way to deal with them if we want to maintain our life and freedom.
I have to sat that the value of human life is the most critical moral issue of our time, however there are so many. Enery has been front and center today due to the president's speech, lifting the ban on drilling. A Comprehensive energy plan is important, but the average person needs help now. And the truth is, Obama doesnt have a plan. The Liberals also dont want to harness wind power because it destroys the landscape, they dont want coal or nuclear power for other reasons.
National security, fighting global terrorism, and winning the war in Iraq and Afghanistan--both, not either or is also critical.
I choose the life issue over the taditional marraige issue.Practically, without human lives, where is a society? Where is the next generation?
I would rather let my kids grow up and make decisions on their own than try to fix the problems of living adults today.
I think the more important issue is making sure that there are living adults tomorrow!
Marriage is important of course. But the sanctity of life from conception until natural death is far more fundamental and far mor important.
Yes, both Life and the Marriage Protection Amendment are important AND both can be fought for. Since only one can be focused on by the Hukpac, right now, I voted for the Marriage Amendment I know of many organizations that are fighting the Pro-Life with dollars and services whereas I know of few that are able to concentrate on the Marriage Amendment. But that’s not where it ends. I believe we can let Mike go after the one while WE go after the Right to Life issue by offering ourselves. So often I see so many wanting government to do something yet standing idly at the sidelines doing nothing personally. Sort of like not sending money to missionary ventures because we have so many hungry at home yet not lifting a figure to feed the ones at home mentality. Every town has the potential areas that each of us can get involved to make a difference in the life of someone either before they get into a life vs. abortion situation or being there to support and encourage. We seem to still have the mentality that our money is the only thing that has shoe leather and gets us out of giving of ourselves because we are too busy with being busy. God has raised organizations dedicated to both Pro-Life and the aftermath of Pro-Choice. He has raised organizations that can give us opportunities to show the young people they are valued and they are wonderfully made and instead of sexual mix-ups. There are organizations that are helping single parents get ahead and even organizations that are helping those who went the gay route come back to who they were made to be. Let’s put our money where we can’t easily go and put our personal efforts (and financial help) where God is working locally. Guess what, that’s what candidates are looking for. They are betting that most of us will just go and vote and that’s it. Send the dollar to McCain asking for a McCain/Huckabee and let him know why it is important to you personally to have Mike as the running mate. McCain made the statement early on that who he chose needed to be someone who would make a good president. Let’s enlighten him on why Mike is the right man at his side.
I think that they are two very important issues. It was a tough call, but I voted for traditional marriage because I think this is urgent that we get it on the November ballot. I live in Santa Cruz, CA., where homosexuality is rampant. But I think we should also try to save the unborn children, also. Maybe we can all get together and do both? As well as the other issues, like pornography, gambling, taxes, etc...I think if we all work together we can accomplish alot. Blessings to you, Mike! -Shawn
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I just emailed John LeBoutillier at NewsMax magazine online and asked him how we can get Mike Huckabee as the presidential nominee instead of John McCain at the GOP convention in September, as LeBoutillier does not think that McCain has this wrapped up at all.
Mr. LeBoutillier: I am interested to know how we can have any other nominee other than John McCain at the September GOP convention. You have hinted that McCain is not our only choice, and that the people are less than enthused about him. Here in Ohio, Wilmington DHL is losing lots of jobs in a merger with UPS. We need Mike Huckabee's FairTax to bring jobs back form overseas. Is this a viable possibility? If so, can you please tell us how? Thanks so much!
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My thoughts are that it is harder to "undo" something that has already been done.
Henceforth, the old addage, "prevention is worth a pound of cure" is the reason of I've chosen the homosexual union issue as the first to be addressed. I believe we've got to stop this thing NOW while there are more Americans that believe in traditional marriage. With the money that homosexuals are putting into the marketing of their propaganda, they will continue to sway many people. Right now, there are more of us than there are of them.
I believe that if we can get the Federal Marriage Protection Amendment passed, we'll be sending a strong, clear message about the importance of family. We'll be in a much better position to overturn Roe v Wade.
Please, everyone, call your congressmen and senators, send letters. Make clear to them what we Americans want them to do. Homosexuals may have more money, but we have more votes. Speak loudly!
Dear sir, upon further reflection, I believe that the preservation of the middle class is most important. All of these issues are connected. However, there is a concerted effort to destroy all that america stands for - freedom to drill oil, freedom to live where we want to without government telling us not to build here, not to dig there, don't clear brush from our yard, drive smaller cars, use government transpertation, go to government schools, have safe sex and when it fails get an abortion, don't pray here, don't smoke there,
I know that one is suppose to stick to one subject and keep it short and sweet, but this is one subject that affects all. let's get back to the constitution -- allow people to be free to worship God anywhere anytime without the interfearance and fear of governmental reprisal.
life? wes, not only for the middleclass, not only for our children, but also for the unborn. Families? Yes, lest get rid of the failed government policies which have destroyed the once strong black community, and is now working on the middleclass and the Hispanics. This is an issue which affects us all.
WE must band together and be strong. For the sake of the future of our children, our families, our country. we must be truthful about who and what is attacking our way of life and defeat it. even and especially it they life in washingtion!
Both of these issues are very important. The right to Life battle has been waged for way too long.The reason the sactity of marriage is of utmost importance is the fact that this issue is making more headway in the wrong direction. The Gay movement is against Christ. Christians love all people. But we don't have to accept the sinful life style. Love the sinner hate the sin...I have friends that are gay and even one that has changed his ways and followed the Bibles teachings. My Gay friends live in turmoil and confusion. I love them and have told them so. I have also told them that I dissagree with thier choice to follow a path that is wrong. They have all respected me for my opinion and still accept me in their lives as a friend.
If Marriage becomes non-descript. Then marriage is doomed.
Yes, both are very important. There is no doubt. But without the "Family" , "Life" has no chance. What I mean by that is simple. If we do not protect marriage then we break the last stand against the murder of innocent babies. It is the family that protects the life of the child. We must start there.
If same-sex "marriage" becomes the law of the land, we can expect massive persecution of the Church. Jennifer Roback Morse notes in the National Catholic Register, "Legalizing same-sex 'marriage' is not a stand-alone policy . . . Once governments assert that same-sex unions are the equivalent of marriage, those governments must defend and enforce a whole host of other social changes."
The coming persecution of Christians is one more reason why we need to get involved with efforts to pass laws at the state and federal level defining marriage as a legal relationship between one man and one woman.
And we must tell our friends and neighbors why gay "marriage" is not just about equality: It is about forcing religious believers to accept the validity of the homosexual lifestyle—or else.
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I'm all in favor of protecting the institution of marriage, But it saddens me to see so many people taking an offense to gay marriage that it's more important to them then protecting a human life. I'm a Christian in LA(one who voted for you and will again) and regularly I found gays who's view of Christians were that they hated them and that didn't change till they met me. Now it's not hard to see why when people would rather support traditional marriage or saving a human life.
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Wow, I'm blown away by the sincerity, sensitivity and insights of TYGER! While everyone is framing their position from afar, TYGER reveals her own personal trials and leads us through the emotional realities of making a very difficult decision as one may confront, when so young. TYGER, you clearly show the importance of family support, as opposed to a family that is quick to place judgment on their child, a lesson we all need to take to heart. You've also helped me understand Jonathan Reid point much better.
I also have to agree with you about God striking California for it's sins. You can read almost anything into events using hindsight, as long as you get to choose which details to accept and which ones to ignore. From the detail you've presented by each county being devastated by fires, I suppose you could read it as God striking back at those who supported Bush-Cheney in 2004 for getting us into an unnecessary war, or perhaps it's God's warning that we've put off becoming good custodians of our planet for far too long. This list of human excess and irresponsible sinful behavior can be made endless, so I think that rather than anyone speaking for God, it's time we listened more.
WISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY AND HEALTHY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!
Both issues- traditional marriage and respect for life - overlap at morality. The largest moral failure of the USA is the current legality of taking innocent lives of the pre-born babies at over 1,000,000 per year. This legal abortion is immoral murder- plain and simple. Without a moral center based upon do not kill in our society and laws, our country slips into social decay; one being gay marriages, another euthanasia.
Both issues are very important however, the common factor to solving both is restoring morality in America. Somehow, more and more people are missing out on being taught wrong from right and forced to come up with heir own "grey area" interpretation of right and wrong. We need parents to teach their children what the Bible says and enforce it which, starts with a Mom and Dad, not a same-sex marriage.
Why not attack both since they are both important to the God we serve. So many comments that give the impression that the abortion fight is over. They want to fight the fresh fight...."one we have a chance of winning" let me remind you we can win neither with attitudes like that. Galations 6:9 -- "let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up". How about a campaign of Christians who will boldly share the love of Jesus Christ and the grace and mercy he has for all of us to the people around us. If we all did that it would make these other campaigns a little easier.
Come on, America! Stand up and fight! SAVE THE BABY HUMANS !!
The shameful reality is this: 28 percent of our babies are killed off before they are born. That is over 100,000 every month, 1.2 million per year, and over 40 million since the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision.
The economic impact of abortion: We have 40 million less taxpayers to contribute money into the Social Security system. This is occurring at the same time that the aging Baby Boomers, the largest segment of our population, are retiring.
In plain words, our Social Security system is receiving funds from a lower number of taxpayers, while increasingly larger numbers of people are beginning to collect their retirement benefits. If present trends continue, Social Security will go bankrupt in the year 2041, according to the Government's own estimates.
From a Constitutional rights perspective, how can we allow the Supreme Court in Roe vs. Wade to sentence these innocent babies to death, depriving them of the right to a fair trial? Even the most vicious murderer is entitled to a fair trial.
It is simply not fair to execute capital punishment upon these innocent babies without proof beyond a reasonable doubt that they committed a crime worthy of the death penalty. If any crime was committed, let the parents answer for it.
MICHAEL F. KANDOLLGoldsboro, NC
I too voted for FairTax in the first polling, as for the two issues that made it to the top Life seems more important than Lifestyle so I voted for Life.
John Honey and Richard Leonard,
You both made some interesting points I never thought about before.
Tyger, great post.
Many of you have lots of good things to say.
Jacob Bull, Amen!
Jesus came to give us LIFE (John 10:10) without Life we cannot serve the Lord by helping others.
There certainly are a lot of great comments here, and it does seem hard to choose the one that should be 'first' to address. However, the way I see it is that there seems to be a significant amount of grassroots support for Traditional Marriage and activity there is high - 3 more states will have an opportunity to get this written into their state constitutions this fall.
So my vote was for the Sanctity of Life, with the major reason being that abortion is taking of an innocent life and that is wrong in the eyes of God and our current laws. The issue is when life begins so we need the definition of the fact that life begins at conception written into law, and that in and of itself will render abortion illegal because the 14th amendment to the US Constitution protects life!
In order to greatly reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, which then become the majority of resultant abortions, abstinence education should be the 'sex education' of choice for the nations school system. It is the ONLY reliable way to not get pregnant - HELLO!
Michael KandollGoldsboro, NC
To: Doesn't anyone get it? The choice isn't between gasing the planet to kill all life vs traditional marriage. The existance of the human population is not in jeopardy due to abortion. We could choose to abolish abortion as a foremost goal, as republicans or conservatives. Last I checked, 66% of the population would be against that...at least in terms of taking away the abortion option. Based on common sense, that approach would pretty much decimate the Republican Party. I think its Mike Huckabee's biggest obsticle in becoming President. So maybe a better option is to do what is do-able, traditional marriage is do-able, and at the same time, make a case for Life without completely turning off the vast majority.
Since so many have missed Mr Reid's point entirely, let me take a stab at it.
Poverty is not the only cause of abortions, age and condemnation, and yes self-centeredness as well are part of it. Poverty is a big part though.
From 1994 to 2002 the abortion rate dropped over all, but for women below the poverty line, the abortion rate increased 25%. For women just above the poverty line, the increase was 23%.
Abortion may stem from a lack of moral clarity, but it also comes from fear, poverty, and youth. Addressing the root causes will do a lot more to stem the tide of abortions than getting every single American's name on a piece of paper.
I was 19 years old when I had to make The Call. I called my dad and told him I was pregnant. I threw up twice beforehand out of raw terror but I did it.
Mom and dad were none too pleased with me...I wasn't very happy with myself. They stood by me, though. I also had the support of my church, with people donating maternity clothes and helping me with transportation to appointments and such. In their heart of hearts they probably thought I was a muttonhead too, they also I think, knew that the way to get the result they wanted was not to look down their noses at me and tell me what a whore and a slut I was (I had the fundies outside of Planned Parenthood for that), but to support and encourage me to make the right choice.
As I was dirt poor, being only a student, I got prenatal care at Planned Parenthood for free. Yes...it's true...they do something besides kill babies. Every month running the gauntletof screaming pro-lifers wore on me so once after an appontment, I leave and all the way out to my friend's car are these people. One made the mistake of getting too close and I pinned them to a wall of the building with my belly. I grinned big as my daughter kicked away. furiously. I asked the woman, who looked shocked, " Quite an active dead baby, dontcha think?" The woman fainted.
Ordinarily I don't enjoy the misfortunes of others but I plead being 19 and hormonal. I laughed till I got a stitch.
If that is really the approach you think will work, you're kidding yourself. On the upside every other time that woman was there when I went for an appointment , she called off the dogs, so I guess some good came of it.
Now for the other side. A girl just down the hall from me in the dorm got pregnant. Her parents cut off all contact and stopped paying for her schooling.
Peace was restored after she too went to Planned Parenthood, the difference being that she came back without a baby.
Neither incident was an accident. One baby lived because her mother was supported and encouraged. The other died because her mother was condemned and abandoned and left without hope or resources.
If you are unable or unwilling to address the root causes first, you will never succeed, and there will always be the eugenics of Planned Parenthood and its ilk.
I personally applaud you Mike for being the outstanding and upright Christian that I believe you are. My hopes that you would be our next president of the United States were dashed when you had to stop. I personally would hope and pray that God would open more peoples eyes to the problems they are causing many Americans like myself. We as Christians, true Christians, need to love other people that are different....those that are gay and or lesbian. Many of them are Christians. Also there are those among us that are transgender. They need love also. They also are among the many many Christians around the world that are disdained and categorized and castigated in so many demeaning ways. If Jesus were here, walking among us I dare say He would rebuke so many of you. I am ashamed of many of you. Love, Priscilla
Doesn't anyone get it....WITHOUT LIFE THERE IS NOTHING!!!!!so we must vote for the sanctity of life first if we are to have marriage or infact ANYTHING else!!!
Think about it!!
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1) I just read almost 200 comments here and am impressed that 90% were ON TOPIC. That gives me and the moderators hope. (I guess there will always be 10% who need to give out their ranger code daily or write the next American novel.)
2) To the issue at hand, I choose Traditional Marriage as our focus. I respectfully disagree with those who voted for Sanctity of Life purely on the basis of it being a greater moral imperative.
We are a political action committee, and as such, should think strategically about our emphasis. I live in Massachusetts and know firsthand that the timing is now for action to decide - as a nation - the definition of marriage. The California Supreme Court confirms the urgency to act now.
Democrats and Republicans need to go on the record whether they support an amendment to the Constitution or regurgitate their stance to 'let the states decide.'
Obama is now in a pinch as he clumsily defends his "opposition" to gay marriage to the far left, while at the same time, trying to triangulate and appeal to blue collar Regan Democrats. (the 'cling to their religion and guns' types) This issue can serve us immediately in many ways, whereas, the sanctity of life issue is most likely to one decided further down the road by the Supremes. That very court will, no doubt, have at least 2 appointments from the next President.
Dale FitzpatrickMA For Huckabee
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I, too, hated to pick one to vote for because both are so vitally important. Whichever one is chosen, we NEED to support it wholeheartedly. This is not a day to sit in our comfy chairs and offer up an occasional prayer for the nation to have a revival. WE need to be the ones to act - and we need to act NOW. Mr. Huckabee, you and your family are, as always, in my prayers. Keep standing strong.
I'm with Eric Ward.
Let's drill here & drill now, and throw out the IRS and the whole tax code and replace it with the FairTax.
Huck PAC exists for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
If we expand liberty and the possibility for economic growth and prosperity then we'll be in a better position to defend and protect life. If we continue to lose our liberties and proceed to shut down and restrict our opportunities then we'll be forced into greater and greater dependence on a Gov't that respects neither life nor liberty.
If Obama wins he will move towards dramatically increasing Gov't provided childcare and early education that will indoctrinate another generation to grow up socialist. If the economy continues to suffer then parents and families will be forced to work more and to depend on gov't more for assistance. The left is strategically moving us into greater dependence.
Mr. Reid has pointed on in his comment that the God he worships would much rather us focus on the economy than on protecting the unborn who cannot protect themselves. He stated that his God would rather our nation focus on the economy than protect the institution of marriage and provide once again a sense of morality for this nation. Sir, please understand that the reason America is great and has prospered is not because of Wall Street, economists, or even taxes. America is great because God has, truly, blessed America. How can we sit by and continue to ask God to bless America when we sit back and allow the unborn to be murdered, marriage to be disvalued and changed, and morality to be kicked out the door. We cannot. It is time that America begins to bless God, and as we do that He will continue to bless us. The economy, sir, is not our problem. Our problem is that we have failed to seek first the kingdom of God. And when we do, we can be certain that our God will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory.
Jonathon, you miss the point. These two matters are the most important. If our families fail, everything else fails. Where do you think the decline started, with the decline of the family. I hated to pick one to vote for, but because of the "day" a had to vote for marriage. My thought, I see abortion options all around me like never before so I think that issue is getting more attention then traditional marriage. The churched and non-churched are support pro-life efforts, our marriages in both arenas are still suffering. It scares me to think that some like Jonathon, too many, think these are not important issues, when in fact these are two vital issues for our country to gain back controls. I love Mike and the work he is doing and support him like I have never supported another. GOd is still doing a work in his life nad it is exciting to be a small part
Aaahh!!! A buck for Huck contributed to McCain's campaign. What a good idea. We ought to do it no matter who he picks for running mate.
Actually what I'd love to see is something like this November 7 when we vote. I'd like everyone who supported Huck but is going to vote for McCain to do something to distinguish themselves at the polls, such as driving with our lights on that day. It shouldn't look like a 'vote for Huck only' push, but well announced before hand that it is a reminder to McCain not to ignore a large portion of the republican party. I'd love to see the media that night reporting that McCain wins presidency but all the headlights we saw today indicate that a significant portion of the party will be watching him closely with certain expectations. How much power will he really have without them? You know how the pundits are when they get rolling with a thing like that, especially if it turns out to be a close election and the results can not be known immediately. They'll blab on and on about every angle until the the outcome is settled. And something tells me that a McCain presidency might be alot like a Clinton presidency, in that he will end up going whichever way the partisan factions push the hardest.
PS- I'm with Huck regardless of whether he wants to tackle economic or moral issues first.
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Polarizing issues that will ensure loss rather than gain of support. We will look back in 100 years and realize that the economy should have been the #1 priority. If you haven't done so already, it's time to start learning how to speak Chinese!
Grass roots is Grass roots. it is the very root of all issues. The root of all issues is our family. Many don't know this but it was President Bush's primary focus prior to the war on terror. There is countless piles of documentation that show that a traditional family is the strongest source for our children to learn and grow and become productive understanding membes of society. A man and a woman raising a child gives the vering factors that every child needs to grow and understand how the world works. 2 men or 2 women raising a child does not teach any child that there are several aspects to this world. Behavior is caught not taught. With out being surounded by both a man and a woman a child can not catch proper behaivor. While those that beleive 2 men or 3 women are the same as a man and a woman should be commended for trying they should know it is not how human nature works. Principals, to have careless sex, abortion, economy, governments, everything depends on the behaviors that are caught. Look at history and you can see generations that revolted because there parents were teaching one thing and living another thing. Grass roots is grass roots. The deepest root is one man and one women doing their best to be examples to the children who come form the root of their love for one another.
I think several posters have it right. It has nothing to do with what is most 'important' (how to you compare an ongoing battle with cancer to a violent instruder in your home!! Both are horriffic!) but rather, what is best to focus on at this time. With all the strong focused attacks on marriage right now, I have to go with it. At least the culture still has some shame associated with abortion. The gays are 'proud' and in your face! That is not healthy for our culture at all. It will devastate the youth for certain. Nothing is keeping us all from supporting (other) Pro-life orgs either. There aren't many pro-marriage orgs dedicated to just that, so this situation really needs our help - it is practically undefended compared with Life issues. We need to stop worrying about being critical of those who are trying to do something and just DO something ourselves to support all that you can!! So I say Marriage here, and I will still strongly support other Life orgs also! No reason We The People can't do both ourselves after all!!
Time should not be spent on either of these divisive social issues. I am not saying that we should not work to reduce the number of abortions- ie teach people better morals, to use birth control, promote adoption, but banning abortion is not the answer. What most people who r not part of law enforcement don't realize is that it can't be enforced. What would we do put a policeman in every doctor's office? As for gay marriage, I don't want to marry a guy, the church I go to doesn't want to marry gays but that doesn't mean we should force our viewpoint on other churches. We need to instead focus on the unfair loss of our jobs to China. And, we need to focus on the terrible drug addiction (including alcohol) problem we have in our country.
In regard to Mr. Reid's comment, we cannot focus strictly on ourselves. That's what happens when we put the nation's economy first over abortion and traditional marriage. The democrats do that, and do it very well. When we look at the economy, we're almost always looking at it for the standpoint of how it affects ME, will I be laid off because of it, etc. The issues of abortion and traditional marriage are huge issues because it affects our country for generations. I do have to say that abortion is a much more important focus than traditional marriage. As thelittlegreenapple.com stated, we can't put traditional marriage above valuing human life.
Jonathan R., et. al, the greatest gift God gave us is life: First in bodily form and then eternal life for those who accept Christ. In "helping others", those who seek to support "life" are in fact helping the unborn, who have no voice of their own. It's not telling someone what they can/cannot do with their personal lives -- they've already made their choice, freely and without regard to the consequences.
If we view those who violate the sixth commandment as amoral and deserving of punishment, how can that not include the unborn, and who speaks for them?
If one is a true person of faith, that person doesn't follow political dogma, they follow Biblical truth.
I to, am in agreement with many of the others here.
The FairTax needs to be front and center! The focus needs to be on our economy & accessing our own resources for energy. I am not a supporter of abortion by any means, but there are many restrictions on that issue already...let's deal with that after the election. Homosexual marriage- although I don't agree with the lifestyle, what someone does in the privacy of their own home that doesn't harm me or my family is their business. This is something that has a long way to go before it even comes close to being well accepted in all of society. I know, I know, what is tolerated today will be accepted tomorrow but come on, we've been tolerating a ridiculous tax code for decades!
In short, we can do something about taxes and energy independence. When the FairTax is passed and we can start drilling for our own oil and build new refineries & power plants other countries will envy us as our economy is flourishing! You start doing huge campaigns on telling people what they can and cannot do you will only alienate those who would otherwise come to our side. Start talking on issues that affect every American citizen and explain to them how this will make their life so much better and allow them the freedom our Founding Fathers intended...you just watch out, because they will come in droves!
America, WAKE UP! Quit restricting, because this is exactly what the other side is doing. All they want to do is tell us what we can and cannot do......hmmmm, sound familiar!
FairTax...Drill Here, Drill Now!!!
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